Acts 10: 25-26,34-35, 44:48
Psalm 97 (98) 1-4
1 John 4: 7-10
John 15: 9-17
How can you command anyone to love you?
Impossible; love is of its very nature something that you give freely, otherwise it is just not love!!
Jesus is saying to us that ultimately what really matters is love.
All the commandments are pointers as to how we can be true to ourselves; how we can contribute to the harmony and plan of God’s creation.
Jesus calls us friends not servants.
Friends you trust; you share with them who you are, they are there for you.
A true friend stands by you in the challenges and sometimes the very difficult things in life.
Jesus is telling us that he is unconditionally there for us.
He invites us, gives a reminder that making a commitment to be his friend helps find our true self, our true identity, true meaning.
Jesus lays down his life for his friends, for us, for YOU and I!
It is good for that to sink in: it is not just some generic thing! This is deeply personal. You are worth forming for!
He invites us to love like he does.
Of course this is something that we grow into. We never fully get there in this life.
We are all a ‘work in progress’!
What a wonderful vocation we have as Christians. We are on an adventure of love.
We know that this type of loving cost Jesus his life. There was nothing ‘romantic’ about the horrible death on a cross. Love is gutsy.
Lord give me the great love like you love.